I’m not a sheepdog

We have all seen the black and white films: Cary Grant is walking along a rain-swept London street and sees a cab in the distance, he whistles, and the vehicle practices an impressive u-turn. But how does this transcend real life? A question posed by Taxi Point found the whistle divides opinion. The whistle is still heavily used by the hotel doorman to call up the next taxi when the rank is set back from the entrance. This act has been used for decades and even dates back to horse and carriage times. TaxiPoint asked its readers whether it was rude for a customer to whistle at them when trying to hail a taxi. Some were quite happy with bringing whistled, however, the main argument for cabbies was that they didn’t like the action as it was the link to a submissive command usually aimed at dogs.

5 thoughts on “I’m not a sheepdog”

  1. Honestly cabbies! I don’t care how I’m hailed, really doesn’t matter. As long as I’m paid at the end of the journey they can whistle, shout ‘oi’, or whatever they want.
    Anyone who has a problem with being whistled at must have other insecurity issues. Would they like punters to quickly compose them a written invitation and throw it in the window? ‘Dear Mr Cabby, My wife and I would l like to invite you to stop outside Boisdales, allow us to enter your vehicle and transport us home to SJW. We would be most grateful if you would accept. RSVP, Mr A Punter.


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